Passenger killed as plane flying 'will you marry me’ banner crashes on island

A marriage proposal ended tragically when a plane crashed and went up in flames in Parc Dieppe in Montreal, Canada, not far from a music festival

The plane crashed in Dieppe Park near Concorde Bridge in Montreal (

Image: CTV)

A small plane with a “will you marry me?” Banner crashed onto an island, killing a passenger and injuring the pilot.

The plane, a 1974 Cessna 172, crashed on Saturday around 6 p.m. in Parc Dieppe in the Canadian city of Monteal, not far from a music festival.

The video shows how the plane was engulfed in a large fireball shortly after the crash as rescue workers rushed to the scene.

Police were seen cordoning off nearby roads and patrolling the St. Lawrence River near where the marriage proposal sign had fallen.

The aircraft’s passenger was killed while the pilot survived and was taken to hospital.

Canadian officials received reports of 1974 Cessna engine malfunctions after taking off from St-Mathieu-de-Laprairie Airport



It was unclear whether the killed passenger was the person who wanted to file an application, the authorities said on Monday.

The pilot has been identified as Gian Piero Ciambella, the owner of the Aerogram aerial advertising agency.

The other person on board has not been publicly identified.

The small plane took off from St-Mathieu-de-Laprairie airport at 5.46 p.m. CTV news, with evidence on the ground suggesting that when the aircraft hit the ground, it ricocheted and spun before stopping.

Police were seen cordoning off nearby roads and patrolling the St. Lawrence River nearby



One witness, Laurel Scala, said she saw the plane shortly before the crash.

She said, “It seemed like the normal altitude an airplane like this would fly if it had a banner.

“We struggled to read what was on the banner … It said, ‘Will you marry me?”

The cause of the crash has not been determined, but the authorities had received reports of engine damage to the Cessna 172, according to the Canadian press. The aircraft engine was sent to Ottawa for examination.

The plane’s only passenger was killed and pilot Gian Piero Ciambella (pictured) was injured



“We try to speak to the pilot if possible,” said a spokesman for the Canadian Transportation Safety Board.

They continued, “We haven’t ruled anything out yet. We have to take a close look at everything. “

The banner with the marriage proposal was not found until Sunday.

Mr Ciambella made headlines in 2016 when he made an emergency landing on Parc Avenue in front of Jeanne-Mance Park after his engine stalled.

The uninjured accident earned him the Robert Piché Prize for a life-saving “exceptional pilot performance”, see above CBC news.

“Mr. Ciambella is a very experienced pilot,” said Paul Fréchette, pilot and former Transportation Safety Board investigator.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said her team is monitoring developments after the crash.

She wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”

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